The DBQ is the College Board's baby.  You will have one of these in any of the Social Science AP Exams you take.  Luckily (as of 2017), they are now are streamlined so that they all have the same rubric.  You will have 55 minutes to write this beast.  Below is what the College Board says about the DBQ:  

The DBQ is the College Board's baby.  You will have one of these in any of the Social Science AP Exams you take.  Luckily (as of 2017), they are now are streamlined so that they all have the same rubric.  You will have 55 minutes to write this beast.  Below is what the College Board says about the DBQ:  

The document-based question measures students ability to analyze and synthesize historical data and to assess verbal, quantitative, or visual materials as historical evidence. As with the long essay (LEQ), responses to the DBQ will be judged on students’ ability to formulate a thesis and support it with relevant evidence.

The documents in the DBQ are not confined to a single format, may vary in length, and are chosen to illustrate interactions and complexities within the material. Where suitable, the documents could include maps, charts, graphs, or pictures, as well as written materials. In addition to calling upon a broad spectrum of historical skills, the diversity of materials will allow students to assess the value of different sorts of documents.

The DBQ will typically require students to relate the documents to a historical period or theme and thus, to focus on major periods and issues. For this reason, outside knowledge beyond the specific focus of the question is important and must be incorprorated into students’ essays to earn the highest scores.
— https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-world-history-course-and-exam-description.pdf
You get 7 documents (@least 1 visual).  Read them. Form a thesis. Form an argument. Answer the question. Use 6/7 documents. Gotta show source info on 4/7 (POV, Purpose, Historical Context, or Audience). And you gotta contextualize by putting your argument into historical perspective. Last bit=synthesis. Extend the argument to another time, theme, location, or discipline.

You get 7 documents (@least 1 visual).  Read them. Form a thesis. Form an argument. Answer the question. Use 6/7 documents. Gotta show source info on 4/7 (POV, Purpose, Historical Context, or Audience). And you gotta contextualize by putting your argument into historical perspective. Last bit=synthesis. Extend the argument to another time, theme, location, or discipline.

OK. The DBQ is kind of a monster.  The Multiple Choice is just that... a question with four multiple choices.  The short answer is the same... questions with short answers.  But, the DBQ has some moving parts.  So, CLICK HERE for a file on the DBQ rubric and how you will be scored at the Reading in July.  

OK. The DBQ is kind of a monster.  The Multiple Choice is just that... a question with four multiple choices.  The short answer is the same... questions with short answers.  But, the DBQ has some moving parts.  So, CLICK HERE for a file on the DBQ rubric and how you will be scored at the Reading in July.  

Unlike the other questions (MC, Short Answer, etc.), the College Board only gives you one example in their initial offering.  Here it is:

Unlike the other questions (MC, Short Answer, etc.), the College Board only gives you one example in their initial offering.  Here it is:

This is the EXACT rubric you will see ON THE ACTUAL AP WORLD EXAM.  So, they don't leave you guessing.  You will have this guidance on test day. 

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So, the DBQ has ,many moving parts. You will probably spend more time working on this essay in class than any other. As for the AP World History Exam, we've got one stop left.  Click the banner below to go to the page devoted to the LEQ (Long Essay Question):

So, the DBQ has ,many moving parts. You will probably spend more time working on this essay in class than any other. As for the AP World History Exam, we've got one stop left.  Click the banner below to go to the page devoted to the LEQ (Long Essay Question):